Univision and The Associated Press Reveal Results of Most Comprehensive Hispanic Poll on Immigration, the Controversial Arizona SB1070 Law and Other Topics of Importance

05/13/10 Insights Team

Study Shows Vast Majority of Hispanics Oppose Arizona Law and Favor a Path for Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants, But Are Divided on Government Measures to Keep Immigrants From Entering the U.S. Illegally Poll Results Presented on the Networkís Broadcast of ìNoticiero Univisionî at 6:30pm ET/PT (5:30pm Central) and ì⁄ltima Horaî at 11:30pm ET/PT (10:30pm Central) Today and Tomorrow, Friday, May 14

Miami, FL — Univision Communications Inc. and The Associated Press today revealed the results of the most comprehensive Hispanic poll conducted to-date on immigration and the recently passed Arizona SB1070 law, among other topics of importance. Some of the studyís key findings include Hispanicsí stance on the controversial Arizona law, with 67% of respondents opposed, while 86% favor providing a legal path for undocumented immigrants already in the United States to become U.S. citizens.  On the other hand, the poll results demonstrate Hispanics are divided on the governmentís measures to keep immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally, with 52% of them believing the government should be doing more on this front. The poll results were presented today during the networkís broadcast of ìNoticiero Univisionî (Univision Network News). Tonightís edition of ì⁄ltima Horaî (Late News) at 11:30pm ET/PT (10:30pm Central) will also have details on the poll results.  Tomorrow both newscasts will also highlight the information at 6:30pm ET/PT (5:30pm Central) and 11:30pm ET/PT (10:30pm Central).

Other key findings from the study include:

ï On Immigration
o 89% of Hispanics believe illegal immigration to be a very serious problem in the U.S.
o 74% think undocumented immigrants mostly make a contribution to American society
o 87% agree that undocumented immigrants perform the jobs that Americans donít want
o 73% think it should be a minor offense, rather than a serious criminal offense, to enter and remain in the United States without proper documentation
o 61% of respondents feel they have personally been victims of discrimination because of their ethnicity

ï Enforcement of Arizona SB1070 Law
o 73% of Hispanics think that police crackdowns on undocumented immigrants unfairly target Hispanics
o 66% think the Arizona law goes too far in dealing with the issue of undocumented immigrants
o 84% also think it is very likely that the police in Arizona will wind up stopping and questioning Hispanics who are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants as the law is enforced
o Only 27% think it will is extremely likely or very likely that the new law in Arizona will significantly reduce that stateís problem with illegal immigration

The AP-Univision Poll was conducted from May 7 to the 12th by GFK Roper Public Affairs and Media. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 901 Hispanic adults and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.

Some of these results will be discussed during Univisionís special commercial-free presentation of ìInmigraciÛn: Un Debate Nacionalî (Immigration: A National Debate), airing tomorrow   Friday, May 14 at 10pm ET/PT (9pm Central) on the Univision Network. Moderated by Univision News anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas at the Univision studios in Miami, FL and by local news anchor Mary Rabago from the studios of Univision affiliate KTVW-33 in Phoenix, AZ, this town hall event will provide a platform for both sides to discuss key issues surrounding immigration policy in the U.S.

ìInmigraciÛn: Un Debate Nacionalî will be closed-captioned in English on CC3 where available. The event will also be streamed live on Univision.com (keyword: Ley de Arizona) and simulcast on Univisionís sister radio network RadioCadena Univision.

Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States.  Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 85% of U.S. Hispanic Households; GalavisiÛn, the countryís leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces telenovelas, reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for all of the Companyís platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 63 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 68 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; and Univision Interactive Media, which includes http://www.univision.com, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S., and Univision MÛvil, the industryís most comprehensive Spanish-language suite of mobile offerings. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisaís pay television channels in the U.S. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net

Contact: Elizabeth Sanjenis
Univision Network
305-471-4086
esanjenis@univision.net